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SHARED PARENTAL LEAVE: Taking baby steps

03 June 2016  

One year on from the introduction of shared parental leave, Eleanor Porter and Rebecca Harding-Hill look at levels of uptake and some of the challenges posed by the scheme

The first anniversary of the introduction of shared parental leave (SPL) in the UK was on 5 April 2016. The right to take SPL allows eligible couples to share up to 50 weeks’ leave within the first year following the birth or adoption of a child. The stated aims of the regime are to enable both parents to balance work and home life better, to encourage fathers to become involved in caring for their child at an earlier stage and to allow mothers to return to work earlier if they wish without families losing out on time together. One year on, are these aims being met?


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